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The City of Edmonton does not accept medical waste from commercial entities. Used personal protective equipment (PPE), such as single-use gloves and facemasks, can be disposed of with other landfill waste. To dispose of biomedical waste as defined under Bylaw C18590, please contact a medical waste management company for more information.

As part of the 25-year Waste Strategy, the the City of Edmonton started winding down its commercial collection services as of October 1, 2019. The City is no longer accepting new Commercial Collection clients.

Waste Services will work with existing clients to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible. The City will continue to meet ongoing obligations under existing contracts. 

City-owned sites will continue to receive collection services from City of Edmonton Waste Services.

Please note that the Edmonton Waste Management Centre will continue to accept waste and recycling from other haulers.

What Can Current Clients Expect?

If you are a commercial client and presently set out your waste in bags at the curb or back alley (Commercial Hand Collection) or in a communal bin (Commercial Bin Collection), changes are coming to the way you sort and set out your waste. 

A letter was sent to all commercial clients stating that the commercial services will no longer be provided by the City and included resources to help clients solicit service quotes from new providers.

After receiving this letter, Commercial Bin collection clients can contact Commercial Waste Services at to schedule a preferred service cessation date to help ensure the transition to their new service provider is smooth and convenient. 

Commercial Hand Collection 

Clients that currently set out their waste in bags at the curb will not receive carts as part of the Edmonton Cart Rollout. Please refer to the letter you receive in the mail for the service expiry date. 

Commercial Bin Collection

The City began retrieving City-owned bins in 2020 and will continue to do so throughout 2021.

Bin Retrieval by Postal Code

Enter your business postal code below to find out when your bin will be picked-up.


What items aren't accepted?

The Waste Services Bylaw, Schedule "A" provides a list of prohibited waste that cannot be disposed of at the curbside or at any City waste facility. Citizens are responsible for disposing of prohibited waste at private facilities. The City is not responsible for any costs associated with citizens' disposal of prohibited waste. All fees and charges are determined solely by the private facilities.

Please note: the City has no contractual or other affiliation with the companies listed below with respect to citizens' disposal of prohibited waste. The City does not oversee or regulate private waste disposal facilities, including those listed on this page.  

The City cautions all users that it cannot guarantee the accuracy or comprehensiveness of the information in this list. Please contact a vendor directly for further details. Companies who wish to be added to this list should contact waste services at 311.  


  • General Recycling Industries Ltd.

Motor Oil

  • Nor-Alta Environmental Services Ltd.
  • Jiffy Lube (various)
  • Solvent Buddy

Hazardous Waste (incl. bio-medical/needles)

  • Nor-Alta Environmental Services Ltd.
  • Sumas Environmental Services Inc.
  • Aevitas Inc.
  • GFM Environmental


Drop-off unused medications at one of the following locations:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart 
    • Westmount Shopping Centre: 780-453-5885
    • South Edmonton (11120 Ellerslie Road): 780-485-5550
  • Alberta Pharmacy Ltd.: 780-451-5471
  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • Safeway 
    • Westmount Shopping Centre
    • Windermere (5110 Windermere Blvd) 
    • Southgate Shopping Centre
  • Rexall: Southgate Shopping Centre: 780-434-0451
  • London Drugs 
    • 6048 Currents Drive: 780-944-4583
    • 10531 51 Avenue: 780-944-4523
  • Guardian Pharmacy: 10415 51 Avenue: 780-430-1995

Commercial Cooking Oil

  • Northern Alberta Processors: 780-472-6750
Which haulers do you recommend I contact?

To find hauler options, please search for Commercial Waste Collection Service Edmonton in your preferred search engine, or consult with another business in your area for a referral.

Why did the City stop offering this service?

The City’s 25-year Waste Strategy recommended changes to existing non-regulated business lines, including winding down the current commercial collections business. Going forward, the City’s Waste Services will act as a regulator, providing rules, facilitating market development and providing resources and educational support, rather than participating directly in the market.

When will my commercial waste bin(s) get picked up?

The City will resume retrieval of commercial waste bins from June-July 2020 on an area-by-area basis. You should have received a letter at least 90 days prior to the original bin collection date indicating the retrieval date of your bin(s). You will receive a follow-up letter indicating the new bin collection date. Your service will end the same day your bin is retrieved, unless you have emailed to make other arrangements. The postponement of bin collection is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City’s effort to reflect the direction of provincial and national authorities to manage the spread of the virus.

How can I find out when my commercial contract expires?

Most contracts are month-to-month, and you are free to cancel your contract at any time. 

Do I need to cancel my contract now and hire a new waste hauling company?

If you plan to begin receiving service from another hauler before receiving the 90-day notice, you can end your contract with the City without penalty. You should work to finalize a contract with a new collection service provider before your City service ends to ensure there is no service interruption.

How do I cancel my collection service before my scheduled service end date?

Please email with your account name, number, address, site number and the ideal pickup date for your bins. Please contact us at least two weeks before you want your service to end.

Can my new provider buy my bin(s) from the City?

Yes, your new provider has the option to purchase your existing waste bin(s) from the City. Please email this request to Please include the five-digit site number found on the front of your commercial waste bin. 

Where can we get more information on what trash goes into what bin?

Waste Services will be developing signage and educational materials to help facility staff and patrons effectively use the new waste system. Educational events will also take place in various City facilities. 

Where can I get more source separated organics information so our facility can start preparing for the change?

To align with the rollout of residential green carts, the source separated organics program will be rolled out over several years. By 2022, new bylaws will be in place that require all Industrial, Commercial and Institutional waste generators within Edmonton (i.e. businesses, non-profits, and institutions) to separate organic waste. Therefore, it is important for City facilities to lead by example in demonstrating successes in organic waste separation. Additional information about organics separation is coming soon.   

What facilities are considered City-owned sites?

A complete list of facilities will be posted online soon. In general, City facilities include:

  • City arenas and rec centres
  • Parks
  • Transit stations and facilities
  • Fire stations
  • City hall
  • EPS facilities
  • Edmonton Public Library branches
  • Eco Stations

Note: There are many City-owned facilities that are not occupied by City business units, but rather leased to, and operated by, third parties such as non-profit and other organizations. These City-owned facilities are not included in the corporate facilities three stream waste collections rollout.

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